Building the 1932 Ford frame, Part 1…

Building the 1932 Ford frame, Part 1…

I have collected all the required pieces to begin putting a 1932 Ford frame together the way I wanted for the new Hot Rod coupe. I’m a big fan of original old Ford parts, they just look right and have the right feel to them so you’ll see a lot of them on this build. Unfortunately, 70 to 80 years off use and neglect usually warrant rework and refinishing but that’s the price... 

Chevy Corvette 2 1/2 Exhaust Manifolds

For the truly period correct small block Chevy, skip the faux lake pipes or zoomies and look for a set of the Corvette manifolds. 1962 – 1963 Chevy Corvette Exhaust Manifolds LH manifold casting #3797901 RH manifold casting #3797902 #3797901 was used on the LH side on ’62 and ’63 300hp and 340hp engines (pass.-side generator on ’62, pass.-side alternator on ’63). Manifold... 

Early V8 Ford Frame Serial Numbers

There is usually no engine number stamped in the block, but the transmission bell housing was factory stamped with a number which, when the car was assembled, becomes the vehicle serial number. The frame numbers which match the engine (transmission) number is usually stamped in three places on the top surface of the left-hand frame rail (front, center and rear). The only number which can... 

Vintage Tire Size Conversion Chart

Use the following chart to figure out the closest modern tire size to your car’s original tires. Keep in mind these are close approximations and may not be exact replacements. Before purchasing any tires you should compare outside diameters and the tread footprint to get a better idea on how close a match they are. Your local tire dealer should have this information. Variations in tire... 

Modifying T5 shifters for Hot Rod use

Modifying T5 shifters for Hot Rod use

The S-10 T-5 five speed manual tranny is one of the most popular swap for older cars and trucks. The T5 with the is almost a total bolt-in, and offers an overdrive 5th gear. I have one of these transmissions in my ’57 Chevy truck currently and I’m going to be using on in my ’31 Ford. Its pretty much a bolt-in swap, I like to use the clutch disc from an ’86 Chevy... 

Rear End/Axle Widths

Rear End/Axle Widths

Ford OutsideWidth Year Model 57.25 1957-1959 Ford, Ranchero, Station Wagon 57.25 1965-1966 Mustang 58.00 1966-1977 Bronco 58.00 1964-1965 Falcon 58.00 1977-1981 Granada/Versailles 58.50 1977-1981 Versailles 60.00 1958-1960 Edsel 61.00 1964-1971 Ford Full Size 61.00 1949-1951 Mercury 61.25 1957-1972 Ford F-100 Pickup 61.25 1960-1964 Ford Full Size 61.25 1971-1973 Mustang 61.25 1967-1973 Torino,...